Taking a Bite out of the Big Apple! – part 2

9 Nov

Sorry everyone for not posting sooner! We just moved and packing and then unpacking took way more time then I thought! Here is the continuation of our adventures in New York City.

On our way into New York City on Friday I had heard about a street food fair going on Sunday, thank you Twitter! So Sunday morning we got up and made our way over to the Hester Street Fair. To get to the Hester Street Fair we walked through part of China Town. Just the short walk through China Town was really cool, there are so many crazy stores and markets selling so many different types of foods. It’s pretty cool when you see someone selling durian from a freezer on the corner of a street.

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Hester Street Fair normally sells food and quality goods. The weekend that we visited was the annual food fair. This wasn’t your typical farmer’s market, it was a collection of more than 75 restaurants, local shops and food trucks. There was food for every taste, everything from hot dogs and mac n’ cheese to dumplings and kimchi. Needless to say we spent a lot of time here sampling from a bunch of vendors.

I started off with some awesome smoked bacon mac n’ cheese that was super creamy and delicious, this was not your highlighter orange KD! My girlfriend started off with an arncini, or a risotto ball. These balls of deliciousness are balls of risotto that have been breaded and lightly fried. They are the perfect combination of crunchy and creamy. Next we shared jerk corn on the cob. The corn was cut in two, rubbed with jerk spices, barbecued, coated with some coconut and finished with a little bit of lime juice. It was some of the best corn I’ve ever had in my life. While the corn was awesome, we did have one disappointment, lobster rolls. Not only were they tiny but they weren’t  super flavourful. After the mouthful of lobster we split a cemita, which is a latin american sandwich. This monster has 10 layers: chipotle spread, papalo, avocado, cheese, pickled onion, tomato, lettuce, pork, mayo and black bean spread. The sandwich was an amazing combination of flavours, the only downside to it was the fact that it was really, really filling! To finish off our culinary adventure at the Hester Street Fair we each got a homemade soda.

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What was really cool about the Hester Street Fair was the sense of community that there was. There were hundreds of people, it was kind of like parliament hill on Canada day, but everyone seemed to know each other and everyone was having a good time. I wish I could have stayed all year!

After eating our way through so much food we thought it would be a good idea to walk around and take in some sights to help burn off some of the calories. So we took the subway to see the Flatiron Building. The Flatiron Building is located at 175 Fifth Avenue in the borough of Manhattan, New York City and is considered to be a groundbreaking skyscraper. Upon completion in 1902 it was one of the tallest buildings in the city and the only skyscraper north of 14th Street. The building sits on a triangular island block formed by Fifth Avenue, Broadway and East 22nd Street, with 23rd Street. It is super fun to photograph and is just plain awesome!

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What makes the Flatiron Building even cooler is that it’s right across the street from Mario Batli’s grocery store, Eataly Cafe. While it may be called a cafe, it is far from it, it’s HUGE! There has to be at least four restaurants inside it. There are also pasta, butchery, vegetable, wine, cookbook, dessert, coffee sections and more. While Eataly is an awesome place to look around, it’s kind of pricey and half of NYC seems to be shopping or eating inside it. We only took a quick look and then headed home to get ready to see a Broadway show!

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That night we went to see Chicago on Broadway, which was tons of fun and lead to me singing out loud while walking down the street. You would think that we would head to some cool restaurant for an awesome after Broadway meal but we were a wee bit tired from a long day so we just picked up some McDonalds. Stay tuned for the conclusion of our adventures in New York City!

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